Course code Filz2065
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 32 48
E-courses Filz2065: Korean philosophical and religious currents
Course annotation this course deals with the transition of philosophies and religions in Korean peninsula and the history of interaction in the cultural and social contexts; 1) The main stream of philosophies and religions in Korean history. 2) the process of reception and localization of foreign philosophies and religions, 3) The collision between alien and Korean worldviews in the modern society. To attend the course it is obligatory to finish the lesson "modern Korean society" by J. Muraskovka.


Results During the course students are expected to expand and deepen their understanding of the philosophical and religious milieu in Korea. Regarding their academic competency, students will 1) comprehend the overall development of philosophies and religions in North East Asia, 2) comprehend the peculiarity in Korean context, 3) widen the insight of the individual behaviors and social system in the contemporary Korea, 4) acquire basic knowledge for conducting further individual research and analysis on various fields regarding Korea.
Course plan 1. the history of research on Korean philosophy and religion. L1

2. Korean vernacular religions. L4
1) The conceptualization of Vernacular religion and Korean shamanism
2) Korean mythology and worldview.
3) Korean Taoism.
4) Presentation

3. Korean Buddhism. L6
1) the introduction of Buddhism in Korea, Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana Buddhism.
2) Zen Buddhism.
3) Wonhyo and Uisang - Great thinkers in Korean Buddhism.
4) the Korean Buddhism and Korean Culture.
5) Presentation

4. Korean Confucianism. L7
1) the introduction of Confucianism in Korea.
2) the 'three bonds and the five moral disciplines'
3) Neo-Confucianism.
4) Confucianism and Korean politics.
5) Confucianism and Korean Society.
6) Presentation

5. Korean Christianity. L7
1) the introduction of Christianity in Korea.
2) Separation between Catholic and Protestantism.
3) Korean Pentecostal Church and Spirituality.
4) Spiritual and Social Resurrection.
5) Presentation

6. Juche ideology in North Korea. L2

7. The reflection in the contemporary Korean society. L5
1) the analysis on the disposition of contemporary Korean people
2) the culture in Korean entrepreneurs (Chaebol)
3) the reflection in the contemporary popular culture of South Korea.
4) Presentation
Requirements for obtaining credit points To attend the course it is obligatory to finish the lesson "modern Korean society" by J. Muraskovka.
The attendance of lectures is obligatory. The total mark is calculated through the evaluation of presentation(30%), one middle-term test (written. 30%) and the final exam (written, 40%).

Study programmes Asian Studies